The Swarthmore Fund

Alumni, parents, and friends give to The Swarthmore Fund to make a difference for Swarthmore today. Every gift, no matter the size, makes an impact. Additionally, alumni participation factors into our U.S. News and World Report ranking and influences grant-making institutions and foundations.

How to Give:

  • Online: Make a Gift
  • By Phone: 610-957-6132 or (toll-free) 800-525-8622
  • By Mail: Please make checks payable to Swarthmore College
    • Division of College Advancement
    • Att: Gift Records
    • 500 College Avenue
    • Swarthmore, PA 19081

Get Involved

Alumni and Parents

Alumni and parents from around the world are invited to support and strengthen Swarthmore’s mission. Whether connecting with a classmate, planning a Connections event, or supporting programs that enhance the student experience, our volunteers make meaningful and lasting contributions. Learn more about volunteer opportunities.


Students can support Swarthmore through paid and volunteer positions within the Division of College Advancement. Get to know alumni during Alumni Weekend, join the Phonathon program, or share the joy of giving back as a member of the Student Philanthropy Council. Contact Nick Forrest '08 to learn more and get involved.

Special Occasion Gifts

Reunion Gifts

Celebrate and commemorate your reunion by giving to The Swarthmore Fund and attending Alumni Weekend.

Commencement Gifts

Recognize your student’s transformative Swarthmore experience by making a gift in their honor before commencement.

Senior Class Gifts

Celebrate and commemorate the culmination of your Swarthmore experience by helping ensure future Swatties have exceptional opportunities.

Tribute Gifts

All gifts to Swarthmore College can be made in honor or in memory of a friend, professor, classmate, or family member.

Other Ways to Give

Endowed Gifts

Creating or giving to an endowed fund provides perpetual support for future generations of Swarthmore students. Please contact Mike Gillum at 610-328-8334 to learn more.

Gifts of Stocks or Other Assets

Using appreciated securities—including stock, bonds, and mutual funds—is an easy way to give to Swarthmore and avoid capital gains tax. Learn more about how to make gifts of appreciated securities to Swarthmore [PDF].

Matching Gifts

Many employers will match charitable contributions made by their employees.

Payroll Deduction

Swarthmore College employees may automate contributions via payroll deduction, reducing their taxable income. Please contact Ruth Krakower at 610-328-8407 to get started [PDF].

Recurring Giving

Increase the impact and the convenience of giving to Swarthmore by signing up for monthly or quarterly automatic gifts. Please contact Patton Vo at 610-328-8622 with questions.

Wills and Other Planned Gifts

Include Swarthmore in your estate or planned gifts and leave a lasting legacy for future Swarthmore students while accomplishing your goals. Learn more about planned giving.

Wire Transfers (Domestic or Foreign)

The College can accept wire transfers in dollars or foreign currency. Please contact Ruth Krakower at 610-328-8407 for instructions.

Donor Recognition Groups

Asterisk Society

The Asterisk Society is Swarthmore's philanthopic participation society, which recognizes and thanks loyal alumni who make a gift of any size to support Swarthmore students year in and year out. Members of the Asterisk Society include donors for the past three consecutive years or more, young alumni who have given each year since graduation, and new alumni who gave to their senior class gift last year.

The 1864 Society

The 1864 Society honors the year of Swarthmore’s founding and celebrates those who make leadership gifts of $1,864 or more. Young alumni are invited to join with a gift of as little as $100.

James A. Michener Legacy Circle

The James A. Michener Legacy Circle honors those who have included Swarthmore in their estate plans, such as a gift through your will, trust, retirement account, life insurance policy, or life income gift.